So last time I wrote about my inability to get myself to work on my book. My novel. My masterpiece. Or any other theatrical word. Maybe I should write a play, but then I remind myself that I don’t know how to write a play and that I have enough projects to finish before I start another one. So, back to work.
Slumdog Millionaire, or Q&A, whatever the name is this book is about the ever changing course of life and how one’s entire life can be told as answers to 12 simple questions.
Life is simple, except when it’s not. A good Bollywood story wouldn’t be half as good without some proper tragedy, and some good comedy, and yet Q&A (adapted to the big screen under the name Slumdog Millionaire) is more than just another Bollywood story.
Life is a funny thing, and so is chronology. Both are major aspects of Q&A, where chronology means nothing and yet it means everything just not in the way you usually read a chronological story. Because Q&A is a giant flashback on someones life, in the form of question asked and stories told. But that means that life gets jumbled and yet it doesn’t because you don’t have to second guess anything for even a second when reading Q&A, you know immediately when it takes place even though the main character rarely states his age. Life is strange that way, it seems.
I’ll admit: hot topics like the freedom of press are not usually things I look at for my website, which is weird considering I studied journalism and I do still hold the trade close to my heart. However as I was watching Spielberg’s The Post the other night I started thinking…
I did dive into the subject of freedom of press and national security once, for a paper that I had to write for a class, and it was this class that I was suddenly reminded of when watching the movie. I don’t think I’ve thought of that paper ever since I handed it in six years ago. The paper was based on a problem that arose in South Africa during the times of the apartheids-regime, however, in this modern day and time the question raised by the movie (which was spectacular, by the way) has been raised again:
As a journalist in a warzone, would you withhold information from publication to secure the safety of the army, or you do speak out and tell the audience the truth and the whole story? Which one is of more importance, public interest or national security?